F113. She-Radical: Emotional Ally vs. Emotional Labor

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


QTPOC often shoulder the bulk of emotional labor in classrooms, boardrooms, in academic and other professional settings. How can QTPOC writers, artists, and educators thrive in their professional worlds, in ways that acknowledge the struggles of their colleagues and mentees, while simultaneously asserting and prioritizing one’s own personal desires vital to nurturing one’s craft? How can speculative fiction, poetry, and translation inform the roles of mentors in interdisciplinary settings?



Carolina De Robertis is the award-winning author of three novels, including The Gods of Tango, as well as editor of the activist anthology Radical Hope. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages. She teaches fiction and literary translation at San Francisco State University.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her award-winning fiction chapbooks earned praise from Nikki Giovanni and others. Frazier’s writing has placed in competitions offered by HBO, Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train and more. Recent work is available in ZYZZYVA.

Carson Beker is a writer and storyteller, cofounder of The Escapery Writing Unschool, a Lambda Fiction Fellow, and Tin House Fiction Scholar. Their plays have been produced in the Bay Area, and their stories have appeared in Foglifter (Pushcart nominee), Gigantic Sequins, and Bourbon Penn.

Ashley Davis is a black queer womxn poet educator. Ashley was a part of the VONA 2017 cohort facilitated by Patricia Smith, was a part of the 2016 Finalist team "House Slam" at the National Poetry Slam, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Underground Individual Poetry Competition.

Nancy Au’s stories appear in Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, The Pinch, among many others. She teaches creative writing to biology majors at CSU Stanislaus. Her flash fiction is included in Best Small Fictions 2018. Her full-length collection of short stories is forthcoming.


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